HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - Concerned parents called on 7 Action News for help finding out when the boiler would be fixed in a Highland Park School. The students in grades Pre-K through 8th grade have been trying to learn in cold classrooms for weeks.
Today we arrived at the Highland Park Renaissance Academy's Henry Ford Campus to see a portable heater blowing warm air into the school. It appeared insignificant next to the three story building.
"I don't believe it is going to work," said Myra Taylor, the mother of a 4-year-old.
She went inside, then quickly came out with her son. She felt the building was just too frigid.
"He has asthma," she said of her little boy. "He can't be left in the cold."
Other parents dropped their children off with warm winter coats to wear in class.
Mid-morning, the principal came out to explain the school's plan. He says the plan was to keep kids in class through the week with portable heaters, but they are not sufficient.
"They are safe, but it is not comfortable. This is not meeting the standards I expect for my students and my staff," said Principal Robert Warmack III.
"We are going to close the building down for Thursday and Friday. We will be back open with the boiler at full capacity on Monday."
He says letters will go home to parents and phone calls will be made so they are aware of the plan.